A Fascinator is a small, decorative headpiece worn by women on formal occasions. It may comprise a small hat or a large coill or layering of material via a band, clip, pin or comb. Materials to make fascinators may include sinamay, feathers, crystals, satin, silk and other similar fabrics. It may be of any color or a combination of shades or contrasing colors.
Fascinators are appropriate hair coverings for weddings, christenings, race meetings, cocktail and garden parties. Styles vary from occasion to occasion, but the main point is that the fascinator should match the style and color of the dress where possible, or provide a bright highlight to a darker dress.
How to create 14 fabulous fascinators from scratch, from basic through to advanced. Each project starts with a gorgeous photo of the fascinator being worn, and then lists the tools and materials you’ll need to make it. This is then followed by a complete set of step-by-step instructions, illustrated with detailed photos taken along the way.
Ostrich Feather Fascinator
The Ostrich Feather Fascinator is a medium-size headpiece with real ostrich feathers! The feathers are very soft and come in two types: two long ones and shorter ones at the base.
Capelli Fascinator With Bow & Feathers
Capelli New York Ladies Headband Fascinator With Bow & Feathers
Materials for Making Fascinators
Manufactured Fascinators can be expensive, especially those with crystals or silk. Making your own fascinator can be an inexpensive alternative, and certainly a unique one. It is often said that if are able to sew buttons onto a garment, then you can make your own Fascinator. The materials you need will vary, but as a rule, the following are common:
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